The Sanford School Brown Bag Speaker Series

Rona Carter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Developmental
Department of Psychology
University of Michigan


Puberty, developmental processes, and context: A biopsychosocial perspective on puberty-related outcomes among adolescent girls

Puberty is a normative biological event that happens universally to healthy humans. Decades of puberty research from medicine, psychology, animal biology, and epidemiology have been critical to understanding the onset and normative progression of puberty, its hormonal underpinnings, and the short and long-term effects of off-time maturation. However, the field has been slow to address certain critically important groups and developmental processes that are integral to a deeper understanding of pubertal development. In this talk, I will discuss understudied developmental processes such as identity (ethnic-racial and gender) and social skills development, which have important implications during the pubertal transition and present some recent empirical findings using samples of adolescent girls. I will then discuss aspirations for the study of pubertal development including the need for more transdisciplinary research to advance the field.




T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Thursday, October 12, 2017
SSFD Innovation Forum (SS 204)